WATCH | Mazda MX-5, Porsche 718 Cayman - these lightweight cars come packed with rear-wheel drive fun

<i>Image: PA Media</i>
<i>Image: PA Media</i>

Whether you're a purist or a natural born-and-bred petrolhead, there is just something special about a lightweight, nimble sports car and the sheer driving pleasure it brings.

Throw a rear-wheel drive configuration and a chassis weighing just under or above a ton together, and you have the perfect balance of power and agility.

Not all about speed

While these cars aren't particularly fast in a straight line, they offer plenty of fun on twisty or wet roads. It is here where it truly showcases its superb power to weight characteristics.

READ: Looking for a 'new car'? The used vehicle market is trending

There are a number of examples to choose from in the local market with the Mazda MX-5 and Toyota 86 are esome of the noteworthy options that come to mind. Or, if you're looking for a used option, these might be very difficult to find, but doing some research could help you discover a rare Honda S2000, Toyota MR-2, or even an Ariel Atom.

Compiled by Robin Classen

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Do you think Lewis Hamilton deserves to be knighted by the Queen?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, he is an incredible athlete
36% - 140 votes
No, he hasn't done anything special
21% - 82 votes
He is good, but doesn't deserve the honour
43% - 165 votes
Vote